I am an animal rescuer. I do what I do because I owe my entire life to my beloved Starsky, a gentle Lab/Pit mix that I adopted from a shelter in Flagstaff AZ in 1997. He passed this year after a long and happy life, but I will always advocate in his memory for other dogs and cats because he showed me that a pet is more than an animal. He was my friend, he introduced me to my husband, he taught me patience, he made me laugh and he brought my family together in love and adventure. That is what dogs and cats do for us, they make us better people.